I’ve been flying my powered paraglider (PPG) for a year now and very much enjoy it. However, one aspect I do not enjoy about my PPG is its susceptability to wind. This past flight where I took off in calm air and then had the wind pick up before I even landed which had me trapped in my harness for a few minutes made me realize I need an aircraft that is more stable. I have since decided that I’m going to trade my PPG for a powered parachute (PPC). The wing (parachute) on a PPC is far more stable than a PPG. That can also be read as far less maneuverable but I’m fine with that.
Right now I’m leaning towards purchasing a P3 Lite by Six Chuter. Like my PPG the P3 is classified as an ultralight aircraft. This means that it’s exempt from most FAA regulations. I can do all the maintenance myself and can fly it without a pilot’s license. I have a pilot’s license so that wouldn’t be a problem but FAA certified aircraft require annual inspections from FAA mechanics. In California where I live I’d have to pay a luxury tax on a certified aircraft. So the two big factors in sticking with an ultralight aircraft are cost and regulation. And in the end I believe it will be every bit as portable as my PPG is. Plus it should be far more stable for low and slow cross country flying which is what I would really rather do. PPG’s are more suited to aerobatics which, I’m not.
More to come.